Why Lipstick Under My Burkha is the Change that Indian Cinema needs


“Voh pal tho har ladki ki life mein aata hai jab usme aurath banne ki chahath jaag udti hai”


So we got together with the “girl gang” and went to watch Lipstick Under My Burkha to see what the hype was all about. And boy, were we hooked!

This narrative by Alankritha Shrivastava is a result of impeccable story-telling  that resonates with every woman on some level. The protagonists of the movie Рa repertoire of talent led by Ratna Pathak Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma, Aahana Kumra & Plabita Borthakur will show you why this movie is worth every penny spent!

This is NOT a lady-oriented film: For Rosy’s sake, ūüėČ if anything this movie is about what really goes on in many Indian homes.

This movie highlights the story of Rosy, a fictional character in the movie; but on a deeper level, Shrivastava has very cleverly depicted Rosy as someone you see everyday. She can be the beautician in your local salon, the burkha-clad women¬†that walk without being noticed, the fashionable youngster who seems to have it all; but all fighting a battle of their own –¬†a Rosy in search of her own freedom.

The¬†movie is very aptly shot in Hawai Manzil, Bhopal – a large neighbourhood filled with small cramped homes; a symbolic representation of the lives of it’s inhabitants, large dreams but limited means.

Kudos to the writer for including a plethora of hard-hitting dialogues that seem too blunt, but do the job. They convey the distress of the wife who is forced to have non-consensual sex with her husband, or the 55 year old buaji who tries to explore her sexuality through racy literature.

Parde bade mote the, andhere mein Rosy ko koi dekh nahi paatha tha

“Parde bade mote the, andhere mein Rosy ko koi dekh nahi paata tha”

The stories of all 4 women in the movie are handled so delicately that you’ll want to beat up Shireen’s¬†abusive husband or sympathize with Rehana’s¬†lack of independence.

4 women

Inspite of the movie feeling a little incomplete without an epilogue, it spectacularly portrays what the story-teller means to convey – life is a series of small battles¬†where you win some or lose some. In the end, the true essence of a woman’s life is how she decides to weave¬†her own dreams, her lipstick-waley sapney”.

nearbuy’s Rating: 4.5/5

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– Merlin Jose & Sonia Jacob for nearbuy


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